When contacted, Chitirikala confirmed that she has been barred from
"I am not being detained. And nobody knows who gave the
instruction to stop me from leaving," she said.
FMT reported that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has filed an
application to impound her passport.
The court has fixed May 25
to hear the matter.
On May 11, the 39-year-old former CEO was
charged with three counts of cheating involving RM4 million.
quarters had expressed surprise over MACC's application since the
passport issue did not arise when she was charged in the Sessions Court
FMT was also told that Chitirakala had notified MACC of her
intention to travel to India and had provided the dates.
this, MACC has now filed an application. This could be due to political
intervention by certain parties with vested interest who want to
embarrass her further," said a source.
Although declining to name
who, it was obvious that the source was referring to MIC president S
MIED or the Maju Institute for Education Development
is the education arm of MIC.
Chitirakala, the former
blue-eyed-girl of Samy Vellu, has been locking horns with the latter
over the funds in the organisation.
Both have accused each other
of wrongdoings, paving the way for several police and MACC reports to be
'They think I will
In a statement issued earlier, Chitirakala confirmed that MACC has
made an application to withhold her passport and issued a challenge to
She had also anticipated trouble at the airport, when
she mentioned towards the end of her statement that she had a flight to
catch, and that she “must be prepared to handle his stunts at the
Chitirakala said she was “shocked and surprise” by
“They apparently received information that I
am absconding on May 19 (today) and that I have a ticket to travel on
“Of course, I have a ticket as I booked it in April and
told MACC of my trip since there was a travel alert on me pending
investigations,” she said.
“What shocks me more is I gave a
letter in writing to MACC on May 10 detailing my travel date and
destination,” she added.
Chitirakala also said that she brought
the ticket and her passport to the court on the day she was charged.
my counsel Sashi Menon told the DPP about my trip, DPP Kevin Morrias
said they are not withholding my passport and I am free to travel.
fact the judge too asked if MACC needs my passport to be surrendered
and the DPP said 'no'. The press in the court room that day is my
witness,” she added.
Chitirakala said after the last general
election, she wanted Samy Vellu to exit gracefully, leaving the Aimst
University for the Indian Malaysian community.
“I was honest in
my intention since I cared for him as I would for my father. My honesty
landed me in trouble with the man who treated me like a daughter. He
vowed to embarrass me as he thought that I was supporting his political
rivals,” she said.
“When he accused me of joining (former deputy
president S) Subramaniam’s camp and being on the take with the Aimst
contractors in December 2008, I stood up for my dignity and challenged
him to sack me and that I will see him in court.
“I am enduring
the ordeal of police and MACC reports as well as court cases, bad
publicity in the press and much more for the past 18 months for that
courage,” she added.
Chitirakala also challenged Samy Vellu to
step down and face her as an individual and not as the president of MIC.
he can't do this, he might as well trade all his Brioni suits for nice
Kanjipuram sarees,” she said.
Thursday May 20, 2010
Chithirakala stopped at KLIA
SEPANG: Former Maju Institute of Educational Development
(MIED) chief executive officer P. Chithirakala, who was charged with
three counts of cheating involving a total of RM4mil, was stopped from
boarding a flight to India by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission
(MACC) yesterday. Chithirakala, 39, was about to board the 6.50pm
flight to India before she was told by an Immigra-tion deputy assistant
director that she was not allowed to leave the country. Upon
questioning, she was told that an MACC officer named Fikri had informed
the department not to let her board the plane and that her passport had
been withheld. Relating her experience at KL International
Airport in a press conference later, Chithirakala claimed that she had
informed the MACC about her plans to travel to India and details of her
trip before she was charged in the Sessions Court under Section 420 of
the Penal Code last Tuesday.
Chithirakala at KLIA Wednesday.
She learnt that the
MACC had filed an application at the Kuala Lumpur High Court to withhold
her passport, claiming that she had an intention to abscond. “I
repeatedly told them (the MACC) of my plans and even gave them a letter
on May 10 detailing my travel plans,” she told reporters at the airport.
Chithirakala also claimed that Fikri had told her that she could go
overseas as long as she informed the MACC a week before her departure.
On the day she was charged, her lawyer had informed the court of her
travel plans and the judge had asked the Deputy Public Prosecutor if
the MACC had any intention to withhold her passport. The DPP said
he did not intend to do so and when she contacted the MACC, she was
told that the matter was up to the court to decide. “I contacted
the MACC again last week to ask for a letter that it has no objections
to my trip because I did not want to be embarrassed at the airport like
this. “Fikri told me on Tuesday that the MACC was filing an
application to withhold my passport and the matter would be brought up
in court on Wednesday (yesterday). “However, the court decided
that the case would only be mentioned on May 25 and since I would be
back by then, I decided to continue with my trip,” she said. Chithirakala
made headlines last year when she alleged that the MIC had
misappropriated a government allocation meant to help the hardcore poor
in the Indian community. MIED, the educational arm of the MIC, was
incorporated on Feb 29, 1984.
The Malay Mail
Ex-MIED CEO barred from
travel abroad, spews vitriol against Samy Vellu
Submitted by aazman on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
19th, 2010 23:03:00
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Maju Institute of Educational
Development (MIED) chief executive P. Chitrakala Vasu who is facing
three counts of cheating involving RM4 million of the institute's funds
was today barred from travelling abroad.
She was informed of the travel ban by airport Immigration before
boarding a Singapore airlines flight to Kolkata, India, at 6.50pm this
Chitrakala said she had planned to visit the Ramakrishna Ashram in
Kolkata for a few days alone.
The travel ban on Chitrakala, who is on court bail, followed an
application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to the
High Court here yesterday to withhold her passport.
In normal cir*****stances, those granted bail are barred from
travelling abroad until the conclusion of their trials, in this case by
the anti-graft body, are conclusively resolved.
However, Chitrakala, a former confidante of MIC president Datuk Seri
S. Samy Vellu, claimed that the MACC was fully aware of her travel to
She told The Malay Mail that she had made the travel plans before she
was charged last week in the Sessions Court here with three counts of
cheating involving RM4mil belonging to the MIED, the MIC's educational
She confirmed that that MACC had made an application to High Court
yesterday to withhold her passport and that hearing was fixed for May
"What shocks me is their (MACC's) grounds of the application. They
had stated that their investigations intelligence received information
that I was absconding from the country on May 19.
"Their further checks revealed that I have a ticket to travel on May
19. Of course, I have a ticket for that day as I booked it in April and
told the MACC of my trip since there was a travel alert on me pending
"What shocks me more is that I have given a letter in writing to MACC
on May 10 detailing my travelling date and destination.
"I even brought the ticket and my passport to the court on the day I
was charged on May 11.When my counsel Sashi Menon told the DPP Kevin
Morias about this he said they were not withholding my passport and that
I was free to travel.
"The Judge, too, asked if the MACC needed my passport to be
surrendered and the DPP said no. The press in the court room that day is
With her luggage in tow, Chitrakala held a news conference at the
arrival hall of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport about 7.30pm
before returning home.
At the news conference, the furious mother of four launched another
scathing attack on Samy Vellu - this time on his alleged role in her
current predicament and his announcement yesterday to quit the
presidency about "eight or nine" months before his term expires in May
She said: "I am just an ordinary citizen trying to fight for my
liberty which I lost for having a strong conviction to save the one and
only asset that is left for the Malaysian Indians - and that is MIED.
"I read with amazement that Samy Vellu claims he is not going to stay
a day longer than his new deadline. He have given us including the
Prime Minister many dates before and I am sure there are many to come.
"That's because everyone forgets what he says and interestingly what
he says get reported with new hope. His latest reason to stay on is to
re-organise the party and what re-organisation is he going to do in the
coming one year that he couldn't do in the last 30 years?
"According to an online news portal, Samy Vellu wants to destroy
those who destroy the MIC. That is a simple task for him to find out who
is destroying the party.
"He says he'll not go like a fool and that is exactly what I wanted
him to do after the March 2008 elections. I wanted him to leave
gracefully leaving AIMST University as a legacy for the community to
"I was honest with my opinion and intention since I cared for him as I
would for my father. My honesty landed me in trouble with the man who
treated me like a daughter.
"He vowed to embarrass me as he misconstrued me as supporting his
political enemies. In my 14 years in MIED I never played politics and
discharged my duties as a paid staff leading a quiet life."
"When he accused me joining Datuk Subramaniam's camp and being on the
take with the AIMST contractors in December 2008, I stood up for my
dignity and challenged him to sack me and I will see him in court.
"I am enduring the ordeal of police reports, MACC reports, civil
cases, bad publicity in the press and many more over the past 18 months
for that courage." she said.
Chithirakala charged with three counts of cheating
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Maju Institute of Educational Development
(MIED) chief executive officer P. Chithirakala was charged in the
Sessions Court here on May 11 with three counts of cheating involving
Chithirakala, 39, was charged under Section 420 of the Penal
Code for cheating, on Jan 9 and 30, and May 3, 2007 at Menara
On the first charge, she was accused of cheating former MIC
treasurer-general Tan Sri M. Mahalingam, 74, who was a director and
signatory of MIED Sdn Bhd, by deceiving him to believe that a RM1mil
cheque was for a loan payment to one Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Manaf, 64, and
hence, resulting in him signing the cheque over to Silver Line
Services Sdn Bhd.
Chithirakala, a mother of four, was also charged similarly for
another RM1mil on Jan 30.
She was again accused of cheating Mahalingam on May 3 by
deceiving him to believe that a RM2mil cheque was for Wira Jernih Sdn
Chithirakala pleaded not guilty before Judge Azizah Mahamud,
who fixed bail at RM30,000 with one surety for all three charges.
Azizah fixed June 14 for the case to be re-mentioned.
The offence carries a jail sentence of not less than one year
and up to a maximum 10 years' jail, and a whipping.
Chithirakala hit the headlines last year when she alleged that
the MIC had misappropriated a government allocation meant to help the
hardcore poor Indian community.
On Nov 3 last year, she filed three defamation suits against
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, his wife Datin Seri R. Indrani,
and the publisher of a Tamil daily and its editor-in-chief K.
Padmanabhan for making derogatory remarks against her and her family.
Investigations into the MIED had been going on from the time
Chitrakala herself had exposed alleged malpractices.
Several police reports, too, had been lodged on the matter,
including one by former Teluk Kemang MP Datuk S. Sothinathan regarding
missing MIED files.
MIED is the educational arm of the MIC and was incorporated on
Feb 29, 1984.